Fay Wray Biography
It was in Los Angeles, in the 20s, where Fay Wray got her break in showbiz, in the Hal Roach comedy shorts. During that time, she was also seen in several westerns. Then in 1926, she was chosen to be one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars, for which she gained popularity and a contract with Paramount Pictures.
In 1928, Fay Wray was chosen by Eric von Stroheim to be the lead star in his film, The Wedding March. The film, which went far over its budget and was a failure in the box office, gave her additional star status.
Then in 1933, she appeared in her most memorable role, King Kong. In the film, she played the role of Ann Darrow and wore a blonde wig to suit the character of blonde tamer of a prehistoric gorilla.
Until the earyly 40s, Fay Wray continued to appear in several films and in television. She had a long career as an actress and her last role was in 1980. In the 70th Academy Awards, she was given tribute for her legacy in television and films. In 1988, she published On the Other Hand, her autobiography.
Fay Wray was supposed to appear for a cameo role in the remake of King Kong, in 2005. However, she died on her sleep on the 8th of August 2004 before the shooting of the film started. The lights of the Empire State Building, where in the film King Kong climbed, were extinguished after her death was announced.
Fay Wray was married to Sanford Rothenberg, John Monk Saunders and Robert Riskin. She has a daughter from Saunders, named Susan and a son and daughter form Riskin, named Victoria and Robert Riskin, Jr.
Fay Wrays earlier appearances included, Gasoline Love, Thundering Landlords, The Coast Patrol, Sure-Mike, What Price Goofy, Isnt Life Terrible, Chasing the Chaser, Madame Sans Jane, Unfriendly Enemies, Moonlight and Noses, Should Sailors Mary?, One Wild Time, Don Key, The Man in the Saddle, Dont Shoot, The Wild Horse Stampede, A One Man Game, Lazy Lightning and The Saddle Tramp.
In the 30s, Fay Wray was seen in Behind the Make-Up, Paramount on Parade, The Texan, Doctor X, The Vampire Bat, Shanghai Madness, The Richest Girl in the World, Smashing the Spy Ring and They Met in a Taxi. Her later films included Treasure of the Golden Condor, Queen Bee, Tammy and the Bachelor and Gideons Trumpet.